1 John 4:7-11
With the rise of technology, we are more connected than ever. We connect on social media, we connect through email, texts and tweets. We have online communities that we can access anywhere, everywhere and at any time. But does this new way of connecting satisfy the need for community that all people experience?
Last week, the CBC ran a series of reports on the prevalence of loneliness. What Psychologists have discovered is that loneliness is more prevalent than ever. Over 70% or University students report on battling loneliness through the school year. These are students who are constantly interacting with others in class and in online communities.
As we study Scriptures, we find that God is a God of community. There exists perfect community within the Godhead and He has created mankind in His image. That means that we were designed to function within community. In John's letter, he gives us great insight into how we create gospel communities; communities that love each other, challenge each other, provide for each and hold each other accountable. It is through gospel shaped communities that we will flourish and the kingdom of God will expand.
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